Russian citizens are increasingly searching for pirated Microsoft products online after the company stopped in-country sales following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
“End-consumers do not yet have problems with registering and activating products. As for legal entities, it all depends on whether the company is under sanctions or not,” Igor Martyushev, director of development of electronic services and software solutions at Marvel Distribution, said to Kommersant.
Martyushev estimates the current level of boxed Microsoft OS stocks to last for several months. There have been no new deliveries of boxed OS, he added.
Russian citizens buying a boxed version of Windows OS or a laptop that comes pre-installed with the OS will only be able to use it if they select a country other than Russia or Belarus during the registration process, according to the paper.
Switching to Software AlternativesMoscow has asked government departments and state-owned companies to cease using Windows OS and switch over to Linux, according to a June 24 report by The Moscow Times.
On a public procurement website, hundreds of contracts for buying and installing Linux, worth billions of rubles, have been posted by entities like Rosatom, Gazprom, clinics, and so on.
Russia is also facing problems when it comes to industrial sector software used in farms, factories, oil fields, etc. Industrial manufacturers like SMS Group GmbH and Siemens AG have been forced to shut down operations in Russia due to international sanctions.
“Russian analogues in this area are much weaker and the need is high,” Semenovskaya said. “But for now the approach is to rely on piracy and outdated copies, which is a dead-end and not sustainable.”